Never has there been a better week for a big win on the Lotto. This 1930s grade II-listed Walter Gropius-designed modernist property in London SW3 is on the market for the first time in more than 40 years. But the price is eye-watering.
Walter Gropius, founder of The Bauhaus School, escaped Germany in 1934 and moved to Britain for three years before heading to the US. In this time, he worked on only a few projects, with this house at 66 Old Church St Chelsea being the only large scale residential project he completed in the United Kingdom. That is why this is such a considerable build.
The 1935 property covers around 7,477 sq ft (including the garage), with the accommodation over three floors and the added bonus of south easterly views over its own private gardens, plus further views over the gardens of Chelsea Square. It is incredibly well preserved, but is said to be in need of some modernisation.
But on the plus side, there are so many original features here, which you really hope are protected. as well as the overall structure, the staircases both inside and out are wonderful, as are the balconies, full-height windows, wooden room dividers and the wood-clad walls to name just a few things. Yes, the kitchen might be a little tired and not in keeping, but the positives outweigh the negatives massively here.
There’s a huge amount of space too, which includes an entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, study, kitchen/breakfast room, family room, sitting room, media room, conservatory, two guest cloakrooms, a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, six further bedrooms (with en-suites), one further bedroom with shower room, a passenger lift, multiple storage areas, three terraces and double garaging.
Great pedigree, great location, lots of space. It was never going to be cheap. But at £45,000,000, only a select few will even be able to consider it.